If the skies are clear Saturday night, the James C. Veen Observatory – located south of Lowell, MI – will be open for public tours and telescopic observations, weather permitting. Here are the particulars:
Time: 9.00pm – Midnight
Admission: $3 – Adults, $2 – kids 17 and under, under 5 free
If you are not sure whether we will be open or not, there are a couple of ways to check. First, you can call 616.897.7065 after 6.30pm where a recorded message will be updated with the latest information, or you can visit the club’s website, which will be updated at that time as well.
Full information on Public Nights can be found on the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association website – graaa.org. Just click on the Public Night link in the menu.
There you will find a map showing directions to the observatory, and a FAQ about visitors’ nights. On the main page of the site, click on the OPEN sign, and you will be taken to a page with particulars about the specific night detailing what objects will be featured through the telescopes.
The main feature will be the planet Saturn. Views through the telescope will show its rings, and several of its moons. Along with Saturn, we will show off some of the finest objects of deep space as well, including nebulas and star clusters. And who knows what else. The sky’s the limit.
If you go out to the observatory, we’d love to hear your thoughts about the experience. You can leave comments here, or drop an email to graaa @ graaa.org